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Woodpecker Wednesday

Male Pileated Woodpecker

Male Pileated Woodpecker

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a Downy Woodpecker were all spotted at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, Florida, on February 16, 2015.  I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the Dutton Island Preserve near Jacksonville, Florida, on February 11, 2015; and a Downy Woodpecker at the Guana River State Park on Highway A-1A between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida on February 12, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Female Pileated Woodpecker

Female Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

Woodpecker Wednesday: A Pole Sitting Pileated


This gorgeous Pileated Woodpecker, one of the larger of the American woodpeckers, was first spotted hiding in a small Magnolia Tree near the ranch pasture where there is an older woodpecker colony.  This is the same area where I have previously seen both the Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  This is quite close to one of the entrance gates to the development where I live.

The Pileated Woodpecker shown here, spotted my husband and fled to the top of the nearby tall, wooden utility pole.  The woodpecker seemed content to just perch there surveying my husband and I as we took pictures of it.  After a couple of minutes, off it flew for the safety of the adjacent huge old Pine Trees.  Pileated Woodpeckers love eating acorns, nuts, fruits, berries, and insects.  There seems to be a lot of opportunities for hunting for both insects and acorns near where the woodpecker colony is located at.  There also is a medium-sized pond about a quarter mile away from the area.  So, the woodpeckers are happy and so am I!  I took these pictures on an over-cast morning on Oct. 8, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Woodpecker Wednesday, A Pileated Woodpecker


This Pileated Woodpecker was pecking away at the trunk of one of the Live Oaks in my front yard on a bright morning back in June.  I had posted before about this same bird.  This young adult was hunting for insects, or was trying to explore a way to peck into the sawed-off stump where a limb had been.  These areas of the trees are sometimes used by the woodpeckers as a spot to cache foods, or even to enlarge into a cavity nest.

I think the wood was very tough and the bird not getting much to eat, moved on.  I am always happy to see woodpeckers!  I have seen the Pileated Woodpecker here twice in the past six months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Woodpecker Wednesday – A Pileated Woodpecker

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A young adult Pileated Woodpecker visited the Oak Trees in my front yard and my next-door neighbor’s yard yesterday morning.  This is the first Pileated Woodpecker I have seen in my three months of living in Florida.

Pileated Woodpeckers are among the larger of the woodpeckers.  Like most woodpeckers, the Pileated Woodpeckers like Oak Trees a lot.  Oaks provide Acorns as well as a variety of insect larvae and also sometimes provide shelter within hollowed-out tree trunks for these birds.  There are many Live Oaks in my neighborhood.  I had only seen a Downy Woodpecker here but my hubby has heard the distinctive call of the Red-headed Woodpecker so I expect that this Pileated Woodpecker has woodpecker companions of several kinds.  I took these pictures on June 25, 2013 from my front yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Pileated Woodpecker at the Big Lake

I was visiting a large private lake that is located a few miles from my new home and took a few pictures of this Pileated Woodpecker.  The big woodpecker was pecking on the trunk bark of a large Oak tree.  I was pretty far away from the big bird and shot these pictures from my car.  I don’t own any property in the development where this lake is located so had to stay on the public street to get the photographs taken.  Please excuse the low quality of these pictures.

Pileated Woodpeckers eat insects as well as many types of nuts and seeds.  The Pileated Woodpecker is a stout black, white and red bird with a thick pointed bill and a bright red crest of feathers on its head.  The Pileated Woodpeckers live in hollowed out tree trunks or hollowed spaces in larger branches of hardwood trees.  The big birds have a shrill siren-like call, that is much like that of a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker call.  I am always happy to see the Pileated Woodpeckers!  I took these pictures on December 1, 2011 in the afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker and the Grey Squirrel

Yesterday morning at around 6:45 AM, I heard the unmistakable call of the Pileated Woodpecker.  I poked my head outside and had a look and yes, there was an older juvenile Pileated Woodpecker in the old dead Oak next to the suet feeder.  The bird kept up its calling and I looked at the suet feeder.  Sure enough, there was a Grey Squirrel up on the feeder furtively snatching suet as fast as it could.  The bird looked terribly confused as to what to do about this unexpected intruder.  It just was very flustered.  It spread its big wings and made a great deal of noise.  I intervened and shooed the squirrel away.  The juvenile Pileated immediately flew the short distance over to the feeder and began to eat.  All was well.  I was glad to help out but the bird just will eventually manage on its own.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  No, I did not feel the VA based earthquake this afternoon.  One of my friends in MA, did, though.  – Wildlifewatcher


A Juvenile Pileated Woodpecker Comes to Visit

A family of three Pileated Woodpeckers actually came to the backyard trees yesterday, but the parent birds flew away just as soon as they heard the door open.  The juvenile Pileated looks like a three-quarter-sized adult with a slightly thinner and smaller red top-knot “Mohawk” crest on its head.  I actually saw one of the parent birds feed this juvenile some of the suet I have in the backyard feeder. I could not get a picture of the event because my big lens was not focusing correctly (on automatic setting with moving, busy background and rainy day weather).  The suet feeder is especially designed for use by woodpeckers.  I also have a peanut and fruit flavored suet in that feeder at the moment.  Insect eating birds really seem to go for this particular suet flavor.

The Juvenile and at least one of the parent birds (genders look-alike) came twice yesterday.  I think that because the Thirteen Year Brood of Cicada have emerged in recent days, the population of woodpeckers and most insect-eating birds has become concentrated in my area.  Yesterday I saw a Red-bellied, a Red-headed, two Hairy, and the three Pileated Woodpeckers!  Imagine!  But then, it was a rainy day so that may also account for the big convention.  Just kidding but I did see all of these here at various times during the day.

Big Big Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are the two largest of the woodpeckers that come to my yards on a regular basis.  The flicker is one of the only woodpeckers that often can be seen hunting on the ground for tasty grubs and worms.  I saw this flicker on my front lawn just after a heavy rain.  The female Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker does not have a black mustache mark on its face.

The Pileated Woodpecker has that bright red shock of feathers that make a top-knot crest on its head.  Both the genders of the Pileated Woodpecker are similar in looks.  The Pileated Woodpecker eats insects, nuts, seeds, berries and fruits.  The Pileated Woodpecker has been occasionally coming to my feeder to snack on the suet cakes.  This particular Pileated Woodpecker is quite shy and I have to be sneaky to get its picture.  I have to take the picture from my windows.   If that woodpecker hears me or sees me move, it flies off in a big hurry and does not return until much later in the day or the next morning.  As always, I am totally thrilled to see these big woodpeckers here.  I took these pictures from my front and back windows on July 11, 2011 and July 12, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A June Gallery of Woodpeckers

Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

I have been having daily visits from at least one variety of the woodpeckers and am enjoying watching the action.  I have been seeing a female Downy Woodpecker and also have recently spotted  a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker.  Of course the gem-like ruby coloring of the Red-headed Woodpecker is wonderful.  I also have fun watching the Pileated Woodpecker with its brilliant red crest of feathers on its head.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker almost is hyperactive.  It flits from branch to branch and up the trunk of the big Oak, Hickory, and Walnut trees in my yards.  I have not been seeing any Hairy Woodpeckers or the little Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker here in recent weeks.  In fact, it has been about a year since I have last seen a Hairy Woodpecker.  All in all, these are welcomed guests in my front and back yards.  I took these pictures from my windows and deck during the first two weeks of June, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpecker Wednesday – The Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpeckers like my backyard trees a lot.  I have large Oaks and Hickory Trees and the neighbors do as well.  I have two suet feeders in my backyard and boy, do the woodpeckers love snacking on these.  Anecdotally, I can tell you that the fruit-flavored suet and the peanut suet are favorite suet flavors of the woodpeckers.  The Pileated Woodpecker is extra-large and has a black back, and has a white and black face with a red crest of feathers on its head.  The woodpeckers eat insects but also like nuts, acorns and other seeds, berries and small fruits.  The woodpeckers live and nest in the hollowed-out cavities of trees.  The Pileated Woodpecker uses its large thick pointed bill to peck or drill out tree trunks and to pry insects out of tree bark.  The bill is also handy for storing away food in caches in the bark of favorite trees.

I think that the Pileated Woodpeckers are smart birds!  It was funny, in one picture, you can see a Canada Goose staring down the Pileated Woodpecker.  What you don’t see in the photo is the five Canada Goslings just under the suet feeder where that woodpecker was hanging from.  Everyone behaved well and the woodpecker eventually flew off.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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